June 29, 2015 |
SUNRISE, Fla. - The selection of Ivan Provorov truly represents general manager Ron Hextall's stance that he was taking the best player available with the seventh overall pick in last night's first round. The farm system is lacking in forwards and Provorov is a defenseman. "He has elite hockey sense," Hextall said, "and is a real good competitor. A 200-foot player. " Some scouts considered Provorov, 18, the best blue-liner in the draft. If nothing else, he's one of the few who has been to Lincoln Financial Field for an Eagles game.
April 10, 2015 |
Marvel's Daredevil , Netflix's latest offering, is a well-scripted, beautifully acted superhero saga that is surprisingly impressive. The 13-episode first season will be posted Friday by the streaming-video provider. For someone who's never cared much for the whole comic book and superhero shtick , it is shockingly, alarmingly impressive. Developed by World War Z writer Drew Goddard, Daredevil is the first of four planned series coproduced by Marvel TV and Netflix.
April 5, 2015
Sunday at 10 p.m., Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Wash. TV: ESPN3.com Last game: The Soul (1-0) got conformation that receiver Ryan McDaniel is fully recovered from his torn Achilles tendon injury last week as McDaniel helped the Soul to a 70-63 victory when he hauled in quarterback Dan Raudabaugh's pass in the final seconds of regulation to lead the Soul past Orlando. Outlook: This is the first meeting between the Soul and the Shock (0-1) since the 2012 season.
March 27, 2015
THE OTHER day I was cooling my heels at the Immigration Office, waiting for my client's naturalization interview. To pass the time, we went over some of the questions on the civics part of the exam, most of which had something to do with politics. At one point she said, "Would you ever run for office?" And, laughing hysterically, I said, "Sure, just as soon as I un-write every single one of my newspaper columns. " Given that English was not her first language and humor is not my first calling, she didn't get the joke.
March 27, 2015 |
Anyone with a Twitter feed will be aware of Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief , even if not by name. For some time, promoted tweets have filled feeds in an attempt to discredit individuals who appear in Going Clear , the documentary that debuts at 8 p.m. Sunday on HBO. The tweets don't mention Alex Gibney's documentary by name, but these paid-for missives accuse ex-Scientologists of being liars, seemingly without context....
March 26, 2015 |
DURING HIS first moments as a free man in nearly 45 years, Clarence Safwat Davis was thinking about groceries. Specifically, about whether his family needed to pick up bread and milk on the drive home to Tioga from the state correctional institution at Graterford. "It's something that's part of our normal flow as a family, something we always do and ask about," Davis, 64, said the other day, a few weeks after that January night. "I didn't want to miss that step. I really just wanted to pick up where we had left off. " But his first thought, even before pantry staples, was how surreal it felt to be able to do whatever he wanted for the first time since he was 20 years old. "I hoped that no one would come along and pinch me and wake me up from this dream," he said.
March 4, 2015 |
THE DEAL wasn't yet complete. Ron Hextall and Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman agreed to terms just after dinnertime on Sunday, but Hextall wanted doctors to review medical files. It had been in the works for days, since Yzerman expressed interest. With doctor approval, Hextall and Yzerman needed to wait for league staff to hustle back to the office in Manhattan in the middle of the night to register the trade. Before it was even finalized, Hextall tried to get Braydon Coburn on the phone.
February 26, 2015 |
WEST CREEK, N.J. - A natural gas explosion leveled a house, injuring 15 people, two critically, Tuesday as utility workers tried to locate the source of a gas leak in Stafford Township, Ocean County. No one was in the house at 59 Oak Ave. or any nearby houses. Minutes before the 10:32 a.m. blast, officials had evacuated about 75 residents after a strong odor of natural gas was reported. The blast felt "like a bomb," one witness said. The explosion's cause, in the mostly residential Cedar Run neighborhood, with no schools or businesses nearby, was being investigated, including by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
February 15, 2015 |
Three players fouling out in the fourth quarter sounds like a disaster for a team on the verge of pulling a major upset, but it was an opportunity for Penncrest on Friday night. The 28th seed in District 1 Class AAAA was able to force overtime at fifth-seeded Penn Wood, but the Lions were three men short by the end of regulation. No matter, it just allowed Nick Ladd the opportunity to shine in the extra session. The senior sixth man nailed all four of his free throws in overtime, and Penncrest pulled out a 56-53 upset.
February 3, 2015 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - The New England Patriots' quest for the fourth Super Bowl title of the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era was sagging on the ropes, waiting for Marshawn Lynch to deliver the knockout blow. It was second-and-goal from just outside the Patriots' 1-yard line, Lynch - 24 carries, 102 yards - had just battered his way from the 5 to within a long, muscular-arm reach of the winning score. Or a short, battering-ram surge. Then it happened. Was it divine intervention - karmic repayment after two weeks of talk about deflated footballs?